Bible Readings: Mar 8-14 2021

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

Daily Bible Reading

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through His word and personally speaking back to God through prayer. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started!

We are encouraging everyone to begin 2021 with spending time in the Psalms. We will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We encourage you to set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for reading and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. Have a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. For additional Bible reading plans check out our website at www.faithsf.com. Enjoy your time in God’s Word and Prayer!

DBR 2021 Mar 8-14

Monday, March 8

Read Psalm 55

THINK: Have you ever felt like David expresses in vv.6-8? Ever wish to just “fly away” “far from the madding crowd” (as the Thomas Hardy novel’s title suggests)? Warren Wiersbe: “Troubles around him (1-3), terrors within him (4-5), and treachery next to him (12-15, 21) combined to make David wish he could get away from it all (6). It was not easy being God’s anointed king, for with the privileges came great burdens and responsibilities…leadership is not easy.” Sometimes friends betray us (12-15). The answer? Call upon the Lord! Pray. Trust. “Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you” (22). That would be a great verse to memorize!
PRAY: Do you have challenges, cares, and burdens today? What are they? Instead of flying away from troubles, soar above them by prayer. By faith, call upon the Lord and trust him to supply all the grace you need. Believe the promises of I Peter 5:6-11 and cast your cares upon our Heavenly Father. God has not promised his children a care-free life; in fact, we fully expect various forms of tribulation. But God has an ocean-reservoir of grace to see us through. Hallelujah! Praise and thank him for that grace.

Tuesday, March 9

Read Psalm 56

THINK: More trials and troubles and “trampling.” When our girls were small, a wonderful Scripture song by Steve Green used vv.3-4 as lyrics. The psalm instructs us to trust in him, to continue to praise him (even in the hardest times), and to keep going (12-13). What is going on in your life right now that makes it hard to keep putting one foot in front of the other? (Yesterday it was “I wish I could just fly away” and today it seems to be “I wish I could just lie down and sleep through the storm.”) Truly, “what can flesh do?” when you are a child of God with the hope of eternity?
PRAY: As we did yesterday, take your cares and burdens and heartache over opposition and bring it all to the throne of grace. Pray about the things most bothersome to you. After all, what can man do to you when God is your father and glory awaits you? Afraid? Put your trust in the Lord. Tell him of your fears, and of your heart to fear him alone. And then praise him! Sing a song of praise to God! Many of the greatest hymns come out of heartache and troubles. (Try wiki on the meaning behind “It Is Well with My Soul”)

Wednesday, March 10

Read Psalm 57

THINK: What a beautiful image opens this psalm! “In the shadow of your wings I take refuge until the storm passes by.” The very best thing to do is cry out to God Most High! He is able to deliver you. Not that life is easy: lions, fiery beasts, people who have very sharp teeth! Yet the glory of God sets him apart! He is exalted above the heavens. How do you respond when opponents set traps for you? Keep a steadfast heart (because God is able!) and keep on singing! Be a worshipper. God is faithful. His steadfastness is our anchor.
PRAY: The psalm begins with his mercy and concludes with his exaltation. WORSHIP: so key to maintaining our focus on the Lord instead of focusing on the world and its troubles. Whatever your burdens, cry out to God Most High. Take shelter under his wings of safety. “Be steadfast, immovable, abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain“ (I Corinthians 15:58). And worship: sing songs of joy and faith and hope and thanksgiving. God is able and he will help you.  If you know it, sing the song, “Be Exalted, O God.” Sing it all day long.

Thursday, March 11

Read Psalm 58

THINK: John Sailhamer: “David’s purpose is to set before the reader a vivid picture of God’s righteous vindication of the oppressed and thus encourage them in the faith that ‘there is a God who judges the earth’ (11b).” Psalm 58 opens with acknowledgment that there is indeed injustice and violence on earth—fitting for our own day! There are evil people who speak lies and harm others (3-5). Our culture is wrong to deny the existence of evil and sin! But God will reckon with the evildoers. They will not go unpunished (6-9). In the end, the Judge of all the earth will do right.
PRAY: Much of the upheaval in our day is over injustice and pain suffered at the hand of oppressors (some real, some perceived). God knows. God knows! We must trust in the Lord, pray for justice and seek to act justly, and wait for the day when he sets his house in order. Pray for justice. Pray for officials who lead in a just and honest fashion. Pray for those who are oppressed and denied justice. Ask God to help you walk uprightly by faith in Jesus. Pray for the church of Jesus Christ to be a beacon of light in a needy day. Thank God for Jesus, who suffered injustice so we might be saved.

Friday, March 12

Read Psalm 59

THINK: All the psalms of this week have had a common theme: life is no bed of roses, enemies oppress and injure, people often do evil things; but God is on his throne, he will overcome and make right, he is the final Judge. So the believer keeps on singing! We sing not in denial of evil, but in recognition of the One who reigns and rules and will triumph in the end. We sing of God’s steadfast love, for he is indeed our shield, fortress, and refuge in trouble. We pray “deliver, protect, and save” and God does it (1-2). The Lord laughs at those who defy him (8) for he will triumph over them and save us.
PRAY: Do you find it hard to sing of the Lord’s strength when you feel weak? Of his faithfulness when you feel defeated? Tell it to you Heavenly Father. Ask him to give you songs in the night. What are you a) excited about, or b) dreading this weekend? Talk it over with the Lord. People troubles? Tell him. Hardships? Tell him. Afraid of what lies ahead? Tell the Father. Ask him to deliver, protect, and save you from all threatens you. Sing to him a song of praise.

Weekend, March 13-14

Read John 19:16-27

If you’ve fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.
THINK: What was Golgotha? How did Jesus get there? What took place there? What inscription did Pilate place on the cross of Jesus? Why was it stated in 3 languages? Why did Pilate say, “What I have written, I have written”? Read Psalm 22:16-18. Why did they cast lots over the tunic of Jesus? Why would this paragraph be especially moving for John to record? Reflect on the emphasis John has placed in these readings on the Kingship of Jesus Christ. Reflect on the reality of Jesus your King crucified with two convicts. Read Luke 23:32-43.
PRAY: Pray for Pastor Jayson (West) and Pastor Dave V (South) who will be preaching on these striking verses. Thank God for all that he has done for you through his Son Jesus Christ. Pray that the reality of the cross and Christ’s death might deeply penetrate into the hearts of all who hear these messages. Thank God for the startling and detailed way that OT prophecies are fulfilled in these accounts.
FAITH GROUP: Discuss the fulfillment of OT prophecies in the gospel accounts of the cross, such as the casting of lots for the garment of Jesus. Interact also on the care of Jesus for his mother as he asked John to treat her as his own mother. Tell the group about a time in your life when the reality of the cross and Christ’s death for you became very real.

   Pray for your gospel witness in the upcoming Easter season.